Ex-Yankee Giambi embracing leadership role
A recent New York Times article highlights Giambi's effort to make the Cleveland Indians roster as a pinch-hitter and DH. Giambi, 42, was once known for his fast lifestyle but now approaches the game with a sense of responsibility. His leadership is not lost on Indians' manager Terry Francona.
"He's not a veteran, he's the veteran," Francona said. "I've already gone to him three or four times asking him questions. He's solid. Brings a lot."
The former Athletics, Yankees and Rockies star's resume includes an American League MVP award, playing in the World Series, a steroid confession in 2003 and now a leadership role as one of baseball's elder statesman. Giambi has been a popular player at every stop of his remarkable career.
Rockies management was particularly fond of Giambi, who interviewed him for the team's manager position during the off-season after four productive years as a player. The Rockies eventually offered the manager position to Walt Weiss but Giambi was reportedly offered the team's hitting coach position. He declined and decided to take a stab at one more year as a player. Giambi still hopes to manage in the Majors when his playing days are over.
Jason Giambi made his Major League debut in 1995. He has a career .280 average and has hit 429 home runs.
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